FAA to start Boeing 737MAX test flights next month

Boeing Flight Test & Evaluation, Renton, Boeing Field, Seattle, Flight Test, 737 MAX -9, 1D001, First Flight, 04/13/2017, 737MAX-9

The FAA’s Flight Standardization Board (FSB), which sets the requirements for pilot training in the US, is preparing to make new recommendations in September for exactly what is needed before the aircraft returns to service, the Seattle Times reports.

The FAA and other international civil aviation regulators must approve the updated system before the 737 MAXs return to commercial service.

The FAA said it would invite Boeing 737 MAX pilots from across the world to participate in simulator tests as part of the process to recertify the aircraft for flight following two fatal crashes.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is likely to begin test flights with the Boeing 737 MAX in October to determine if the aircraft will be allowed to fly again.

Although the regulator said that it had not yet specified a firm schedule for the test flights, they are likely to occur before year-end, Bloomberg news agency reports.

The timing would be in line with Boeing’s estimate that the aircraft could be back in service in the fourth quarter.

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